Are You Distressed, Depressed or Feeling Suicidal.. WE ARE JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY: +91 80 23655557, +91 80 23656667, (7am – 9pm) (Mon - Sun), arpita.helpline@gmail.com

OUR TEAM

Our team comprises of dedicated, trained and experienced volunteers. Our volunteers are monitored by senior mentors/counsellors while they reach out to the distress callers.

We organise periodic refresher programmes to update their knowledge and to improve their counselling skills. We have been attending to calls for various reasons right from failed relationships, academic stress, job stress, addiction, clinical depression and people who have history of suicides in the family. There is a slow but gradual increase in the number of calls. Our volunteers are able to speak in the following languages : English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Konkani, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali and Urdu.

SENIOR VOLUNTEERS/ Counsellors

Megha Counsellor: Diploma in fine arts, have been working as a volunteer with well-known Helpline. Completed Diploma in counselling skills, first level in NLP and has attended a lot of workshops organised by NIMHANS and is a certified Gate Keeper for Suicide Prevention.

Nazneen Counsellor: With Diplomas in Counselling Skills and in Students Counselling and Certifications in Art Therapy, Grief and Palliative counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, she has been associated with various counselling centres as a volunteer and mentor.

Smitha Counsellor: A caring, open-minded and a genuine person, trained counsellor with deep understanding of counselling concepts. Holds a Masters’ Degree in Psychology and is a certified Gate Keeper for Suicide Prevention. She cares about mental health and understand the implications it has on our lives. She volunteered her time at a suicide prevention helpline.

Shriram Counsellor: Retired banker & Writer. Volunteered for tele-counselling at well-known Helpline for Suicide prevention from it's inception in 2002. Served as its active volunteer for more than 15 years. He is a certified gatekeeper in suicide prevention.

Sushma Gopalan Counsellor: An enthusiastic and optimistic individual who has experience in working with issues related to academics, students and family relationships. Holds degrees in MSc (BT), MA (Psy), (PGDMH) and a Scholar in PhD (Psychology). She is certified in Guidance and Soft skills training. She is a certified gatekeeper in suicide prevention. She is a Counselling Psychologist and a coordinator for internship programme at Arpita Foundation

Adithi Counsellor: Volunteered for tele-counselling at well-known Helpline for Suicide prevention for nearly 5 years. She is a certified gatekeeper in suicide prevention.

Siddant Counsellor: With Masters in Science in Counseling & Psychotherapy and Life Coaching. He realises that the nature has created living and non-living species for a purpose to fulfill its karmic journey and co-exist for each other. He would like to use his purpose of life to help others, utilize his skills and knowledge to serve, so that his existence is justified. He is a fun loving person and likes to smile.

Wani Rajendra Counsellor: A warm, caring and cheerful person, trained counsellor and educator for 12 years. She heeds about well-being and simplifying oneself to live a fulfilling life. Studying psychology is her passion, and has completed BA in psychology, Diploma in counselling, participated in workshops on NLP, Integrated therapies, Happiness life coach, Career counselling and coach program. Also holds a masters degree in counselling. Has volunteered her time for tele-counselling.

Radha Counsellor: Secured BA. MBA. Michigan University Masters in Professional Taxation Univ. of Texas, Austin Texas. Further was employed as Investment, tax expert with legal firm in USA. Was an active volunteer work with Sisters of Mercy , caring for elderly Meals on Wheels program. USA. Taught middle school children for a Blind School and she volunteered her time at a suicide prevention helpline

Paru Counsellor: Bsc in computer science , Diploma in nutrition and dietitian. Trained rekhi practioner, trained to teach kids with autism, slow learners & down syndrome. Diploma in counselling Skills and Gate Keepers Course for suicide prevention. l am a compassionate animal lover and I believe that optimism and hard work is key to success.

Sonu Counsellor: She is a graduate in B.Sc and did Montessori course and holds a Diploma in counselling skills and is a certified gate keeper in suicide prevention. A very caring, optimistic and enthusiastic person.

Rajesh K. Counsellor: He calls himself a Socio Entrepreneur. And believes that each and everyone of us can write his own script. MIST Rajesh-Motivational Inspirational Story Teller connects everything to happy life. "Acronyms for Life" to "Motivation from Bollywood songs." Hobby Magician & an Artist to the Core who works with MIC concept that Magic happens when your Intent is true and Content flows automatically.
He has done Master in Psychology is a Certified Counsellor and NLP practitioner. He finds Joy in working with Government School students & Colleges students, inculcating Value Education and Holistic Development - through the TOOL ART- Activity, Reflection and Transformation. He is founder of Disha 10' minutes group and 52 Values in 52 Weeks concept.

Natasha Counsellor: A BSc., BLibSc., BEd. degree holder and an educator with over 35 years of school-teaching experience. Has acquired a unique skillset, including effective communication and boundless patience. With a Diploma in Counselling and Life Skills.

Dr. Noopura Counsellor: PhD in social Work. Works in the field of child adoption. She is trained to prevent and address sexual harassment experiences at workplace. A deeply passionate about connecting with people and find great meaning in providing emotional support.

Shilpa Counsellor: An enthusiastic and a proactive person.A person who finds happiness in providing a helping hand to people in distress. A software tester who has a keen interest to understand People, different personalities and their behaviour. A Counselor currently working with Specially abled children and parents from past 2 years.A certified Gatekeeper in Suicide Prevention. Also associated with an NGO providing emotional support to the Cancer Patients and their Caregivers in the hospitals. Certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Wellness.

Deepa Counsellor: I am a very caring person. Passionate about helping people in need. Basically a MBA graduate and have also done diploma in counseling. A certified gatekeeper in suicide prevention. And also volunteering for a NGO as a counselor for cancer patients and care givers in hospitals.

Sharda Counsellor: B.Sc. in Home science and a happy Home Maker, holds Diploma in Counseling skills. Has over 15 years experience serving in Schools, Pvt Medical Clinics. For the past 10 years associated with Ramaiah Teaching Hospital, as Banjara Helping Hand Volunteer.
Love Traveling, Adventure, any kind of experience oriented activities.